Aesthetica Art Prize Call For Entries: José Ramón da Cruz, Longlisted Artist 2015

Born in Tangier in 1961, José Ramón da Cruz is a Spanish video artist with an educational background in sociology and political science and experience working across advertising, film and television. His filmmaking has also been influenced by the fact he was a member of the radical new wave/no wave experimental film collective, Group Tau.

Madre Quentina is an audiovisual composition in six acts with an epilogue. It makes use of three characters to explore the idea of shame: 1) Quentin Crisp who here becomes Quentin, the person who is looked at when looked at; 2) Barbaro, the auto-duplicated man; and 3) Dzohar, who awakens on a decked boat. Quentin Crisp himself dressed and moved with feminine gestures. “Why?” someone might question him. “Because that’s how I am. And I wouldn’t like you or anyone thinking I’m ashamed of it”, Crisp responded. The assemblage is a symphony of observation, ridiculing the limits and margins of social and psychological exposition. Ultimately Madre Quentina is a work dedicated to all those who observe you, from the most profound gratitude of the person who is observed.

Attracting thousands of entries from all over the world across a range of media, the Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of art from across the globe, and is now open for entries. It offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience, and further their engagement with the international art world. The Judging Panel enhances its position in the industry, bringing together specialists from leading cultural institutions.

The Aesthetica Art Prize is open for entries until 31 August. To submit, visit

1. José Ramón da Cruz,  Madre Quentina  (2014). Courtesy of the artist.